Ratnapura, which literally means the city of gems is the gem-mining centre of Sri Lanka. Ratnapura is situated at the foot of the 2243 metre high Adam's Peak and forms a gateway from the southern plains to the hill country to the east. Its bustling market features prominent gem dealers in Sri Lanka operate where you can see the traditional gem mining and cutting operations in this city.
Ratnapura is a convenient base to many national parks like Sinharaja Forest and Uda Walawe Wild Life Park. The hinterlands of Ratnapura is a popular trekking spot and a haven for bird watchers. A visit to one of the museums will give you the opportunity to see some of the most precious stones, such as rubies, sapphires and cat's eyes among others.
There is an array of accommodation options in Ratnapura including luxury hotels like Thilini Tour Inn apart from budget hotels and inns. Our list of cheap Ratnapura hotels will give you a fair idea on the accommodation options on offer